Flint Castle famously features in Shakespeare’s Richard II. This small, but well proportioned ruin provides an excellent space for children to use their imaginations and explore. Climb this spiral staircases, explore every nook and cranny, and cast yourselves back to a time frought with conflict between the Welsh and the English. Children will enjoy listening to the audio (in both English and Welsh) which will teach them about life in medieval Britain and about how Richard was starved to death. Children could also use their imagination and act out their own scenes in the spacious courtyard, using the arrow holes for example to pretend to protect the castle from being under attack.
Originating back to 1277, this is where Edward I’s “Iron Ring” of fortresses across north Wales to subdue the Welsh first began.
Don’t forget, the castle is located right on a clay style beach with marshes with a pram friendly footpath. The castle boasts great views out towards the Wirral and you can also follow the paths to the left of the castle (as viewed facing the River Dee) and walk towards Flint docks. Continue with your walk and you will end up on the Flint Coastal Path. All along here are some great spots to come off the path, sit on the grass and enjoy a picnic, soaking in the fabulous views the Dee Estuary has on offer.
So for a free day out in Flintshire, North Wales, what are you waiting for?
*Free to visit even for non-members.*Ample parking.
*Dogs on leads welcome with space along the marshes and coastal path where dogs can run free.
*There are stairways but wheelchair and pram users can get a feel for the architecture of the castle from the lower level. However, some of the ground does get boggy which could make it a little trickier to navigate.*Please do not attempt to walk across from the castle to the Wirral. We followed the dog down and got stuck in the clay type sand and we were only a few feet away from the footpath. There have been many instances where people have become stuck far out and the tide has come in.